Winchester Police Department officers who have been properly trained in how to respond to calls for service involving individuals with mental health issues, will soon be displaying the accomplishment on their uniform. Winchester Police Chief John Piper is a strong advocate for the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program and is excited to announce his approval for officers to wear the training pin, which bear the initials “CIT” and “Northwestern” (a nod to the Northwestern Community Services Board, which facilitates the coursework).
For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Winchester has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its FY18 budget document.
The City's leaf collection season will begin in Area 2 on Tuesday, October 31 (weather permitting). Daily updates concerning where crews are working and which area is projected to be collected next will be posted on the Public Works Leaf Collection web page daily.
There are two options for disposing of fallen leaves in the city:
On Wednesday, November 8, the Winchester Department of Social Services will host its annual adoption and foster parenting event to honor current adoptive families and provide information to those interested in adoption or becoming a foster parent. This year’s event will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Active Living Center in Jim Barnett Park and will have a carnival theme with fun activities, door prizes, games, and carnival food. The adoption and foster parenting carnival is open to the public and free to attend.
Old Town Winchester invites area children and their families to visit downtown on Saturday, October 28 for the annual Spooktacular on the Loudoun Street Mall. This family-friendly, daytime trick-or-treating event will be held at participating downtown businesses from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Last year, this popular event drew a record crowd of over 1,000 children.
In addition, Posh Pets Boutique will lead a Halloween pet parade on the Loudoun Street Mall at 11:00 am. The parade will begin at 16 South Loudoun Street and proceed north on the Mall.
The Winchester Police Department will host its inaugural Color with a Cop event on November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 at the Chick-fil-A on Pleasant Valley Road, and at the Apple Blossom Mall food court from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Throughout the city, residents will have the opportunity to take part in Halloween celebrations for all ages. Enjoy the festivities, but remember to always take the time to be safe.
The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will once again host the Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat on Monday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Fire Department, located at 2110 Valor Drive. Bring your children to check out the fire truck and police cruiser displays, have their faces painted, meet McGruff the Crime Dog, win prizes, and stock up on candy.
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will host an open house at the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company, located at 2210 Valor Drive in Winchester, on October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in observance of National Fire Prevention Week.
Does your family have a plan and know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Do you and your family know what do you do? Not having a plan in place could jeopardize your safety, or even be deadly. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department responded to a structure fire at a townhouse in the 2900 block of Sorrell Court this morning, extinguishing its flames within ten minutes.
The call came in at approximately 10:43 a.m., with all four Winchester stations responding to the blaze by 10:48 a.m. Upon arrival to the scene, firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from the front of the house and large flames swallowing the back of the house. No residents were in the townhouse at the time, and one pet was successfully rescued from the scene.